Texas Instruments Updates SimpleLink MCUs

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced its newest SimpleLink wireless and wired microcontrollers (MCUs). These new devices offer industry-leading low power consumption and concurrent multi-standard and multi-band connectivity for Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 and Sub-1 GHz. With more memory and unlimited connectivity options, the expanded SimpleLink MCU platform offers designers 100 percent code reuse across TI’s Arm Cortex-M4-based MCUs to enhance and connect sensor networks to the cloud. For more information, see www.ti.com/simplelink-pr.

New TI SimpleLink MCU platform devices offer advanced integration for concurrent multi-standard and multi-band connectivity. (PRNewsfoto/Texas Instruments)

New SimpleLink MCUs support the following wireless connectivity options:

  • Sub-1 GHzCC1312R wireless MCU.
  • Multi-band (Sub-1 GHz, Bluetooth low energy, Thread and Zigbee): CC1352R and CC1352P wireless MCUs.
  • Bluetooth low energyCC2642R wireless MCU.
  • Multi-standard (Bluetooth low energy, Thread and Zigbee): CC2652R wireless MCU.
  • Host MCU with up to 2MB of memoryMSP432P4 MCUs.

Key features and benefits of the new SimpleLink MCUs

  • The lowest power: The new wireless and host MCUs consistently achieve the lowest power in the industry, more than 10 years on a coin-cell battery, and now offer a newly enhanced low-power sensor controller with current consumption as low as 1.5uA for a 100 Hz comparator reading.
  • More than 10 connectivity protocols: The expanded SimpleLink MCU platform supports a variety of connectivity protocols and standards for 2.4 GHz and Sub-1 GHz bands, including the latest Thread and Zigbee standards, Bluetooth low energy, IEEE 802.15.4g, Wireless M-Bus and more.
  • Option for extended range: With the multi-band CC1352P wireless MCU, developers can extend range even further for metering and building automation applications using its integrated power amplifier with high output power of +20-dBm and transmit current as low as 60 mA.
  • 2 MB of flash memory: New SimpleLink MSP432P4 MCUs, with an integrated 16-bit precision ADC, give developers eight times more code space and the ability to host multiple wireless connectivity stacks and a 320-segment liquid crystal display (LCD) with extended temperature range for industrial applications.
  • Enhanced security features: The CC13x2 and CC26x2 wireless MCUs offer new security hardware accelerators for the following encryption protocols: AES-128/256, SHA2-512, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), RSA-2048 and true random number generator (TRNG).
  • Code compatibility: These new products are all supported by the SimpleLink software development kit (SDK) and provide a unified framework for platform extension through 100 percent application code reuse.

To assist in developing with the SimpleLink MCU platform, TI offers the SimpleLink Academy, a comprehensive and interactive learning experience with overviews and training tutorials on the supported industry standards and technologies.

Availability and pricing

Developers can get started immediately with SimpleLink MCU-based TI LaunchPad development kits available through the TI store and authorized distributors. The LAUNCHXL-CC26X2R1, LAUNCHXL-CC1312R1 and LAUNCHXL-CC1352R1 are available for US$39.99. The MSP-EXP432P4111 is available for US$17.99.

TI’s new SimpleLink MCU devices are available through the TI store and authorized distributors with packages and pricing as listed in the table below.

Device name


Pricing in 1,000-unit quantities


7mm2 quad flat no-lead (QFN)




7mm2 QFN

7mm2 QFN




7mm2 QFN



7mm2 QFN





9mm2 QFN

16×16 low-profile quad flat package (LQFP)




* Available in 3Q 2018

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog integrated circuits (ICs) and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping approximately 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

About the SimpleLink MCU platform

The SimpleLink MCU platform from Texas Instruments is a single development environment that delivers flexible hardware, software and tool options for customers developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications. With a single software architecture, modular development kits and free software tools for every point in the design life cycle, the SimpleLink MCU ecosystem allows 100 percent code reuse across the portfolio of microcontrollers, which supports a wide range of connectivity standards and technologies including Ethernet, USB, CAN, RS-485, Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi, Sub-1 GHz, 6LoWPAN, Zigbee, Thread, RF4CE and proprietary RF. SimpleLink MCUs help manufacturers easily develop and seamlessly reuse resources to expand their portfolio of connected products.

For more information, visit www.ti.com/simplelink.

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